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Volume 3 / Issue 3

The Magazine for Students, Alumni & Friends of Indiana Tech

Faculty Portrait

A Closer Look at Student Life

Bob Fontaine

One Track Mind

Coach Brad Peterson

Lofty Accomplishments

Clarence “Casey” Forest

Letter from the President College really is the best time of your life! Most of us who have attended college, and celebrated at least thirty birthdays, probably agree with the statement above. Those of us advancing in age tend to look back on fond memories and lament, “Oh how I wish I could do it all over again.â€? I believe we feel this way simply because it was such a good time in our lives...not because we would do it any differently. As your president it is my duty and responsibility to plan campus life with academics as the epicenter. After all, people come to college to gain knowledge and expertise. But I am also astute enough to understand the need to mix social and cultural experiences with academics. At Indiana Tech we are always exploring ways to make this mix a growth opportunity for our students, faculty and staff. But with the keenest focus on our students. Over the past few years we have increased the number of social and cultural events significantly. Increasingly, students have taken advantage of the new opportunities and also have offered suggestions for additional events. The recommendations and the feedback have been very encouraging and helpful in terms of planning for the future. The events and activities that support our academic goals also have increased substantially. The Discussion Forum and University Forum series provide students, faculty and staff with the opportunity to explore, discuss, and debate matters of interest and importance. This addition to campus life centers on professional growth, commitment to our civic responsibilities, and our general development and maturity as lifelong learners. Several years ago there was a motion picture titled Old School. You may remember that Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson, and Vince Vaughn enjoyed their college years so much that they collaborated and connived their way to establish a fake fraternity in order to continue their status as college students. So then, maybe college really is the best time of your life‌.especially at our own Indiana Tech! Raise your expectations.

Arthur E. Snyder, Ed.D.

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Letter from the President Tech Happenings Alumni Updates & In Memoriam Faculty & Staff News From the Archives

Feature 8 Ultra Vivid Social Scene A Closer Look at Student Life Indiana Tech continues its physical and academic expansion, but those aren’t the only areas which are growing. Take a closer look at how student life on campus is keeping pace with Indiana Tech’s momentum.


People 6 Faculty Portrait: Bob Fontaine

The words “information systems” don’t conjure up much excitement for most people. But this is what Bob Fontaine, and his students, love most.


12 Lofty Accomplishments: Clarence “Casey” Forest Read about this alum’s career as a pioneer in the aviation industry.

14 One Track Mind: Brad Peterson

Brad Peterson has the new track and cross country teams off to a running start.

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tech happenings We’re a Shoe-In! Indiana Tech is one of ten local organizations and businesses taking part in “Team Dreams,” which features giant shoe sculptures that call attention to two youth basketball tournaments to be held in Fort Wayne. The shoes will be in Glenbrook Square until the end of April. Afterward, the shoes begin a hike around the city that will last until the fall. The shoes will be displayed at Headwaters Park, Allen County Public Library, Spiece Fieldhouse, and finally Fort Wayne International Airport. The Indiana Tech shoe will make a stop on the Fort Wayne campus during August and September, just in time for Homecoming. Alumni Hall of Fame Looking for a few good Nominees The Alumni Office is now accepting nominations for the Hall of Fame. You are invited to submit a nomination. Deadline to vote is July 1st, 2007. The Alumni Hall of Fame Award was established to honor former students who have exhibited exceptional merit and achievement which brought fame and honor to the college. Awards will be based upon demonstrated exceptional accomplishment in any of the following ways: 1. Achievement in career path/chosen field by: ► Attaining unusual distinction through such areas as invention, patents, discoveries, creative solutions ► Excelling in business through leadership, influence, and initiative ► Providing opportunities for other people to succeed in growth and/or development in professional career (internships, encouragement, scholarships, mentoring, etc.).

2. Contribution to community by: ► Fostering healthy communities through such things as public service, mentoring, inspiring, and protecting those less fortunate ► Cultivating economic development 3. Foster the advancement of Indiana Tech through: ► Distinguished volunteer service ► Gifts to the university

Vote online: To vote over the phone, call Louise Jackson at 800-937-2448 ext 2346 or e-mail her at You can also write to Indiana Tech, c/o Alumni Relations, 1600 East Washington Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46803.

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Tech Team Wins HR Games A team of three Indiana Tech students won the Indiana HR Games at Indiana University on Feb. 15 and 16. Students Kelly Jones, Kristy Kiser, and Brian Wiederholt will go on to compete in the regional games. Professor Jeff Walls is the team’s advisor. The games took place during the State HR Leadership Conference at IU-Bloomington, which was attended by the boards of all the HR groups from around the state as well as representatives from the national Society for Human Resource Management. This year’s games were the first ones held by the Indiana State SHRM. The HR games are a Jeopardy-type competition with all of the categories related to human resources. Indiana Tech was the only team to win every preliminary round and posted an impressive 5500 to 200 win in the final round. The team continued on to the national SHRM competition in April where it placed fourth.

Cyber Team Proves to be Best Defense A team of Indiana Tech students took first place in the Midwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition held March 16 through 18 in Palos Hills, Ill. The team then placed fourth in the national competition. At the Midwest Regional, DePaul University placed 2nd, while Madison Area Technical College placed 3rd. Other participants included Baker College and Jackson Community College. The teams were the defending Blue Teams and the attacking Red Team was a group from the Cyber Adversary Research Center. The CCDC competition lasted about twenty-five hours over three days. During those hours, the competing teams were scored on their ability to keep the required business services up, running, and secure. The Red Team continually attacks the Blue Teams in an attempt to compromise the systems and

take down the services. The business services required were: e-mail, Web site, DNS, Active Directory logins, an e-commerce site, and an SQL database. Additionally, business “injects” were sent to the teams almost every hour. These injects are memos from different departments requesting that new services, outside access, and other functions be set up by the teams for these departments. The Indiana Tech team members were Ryan McGuide (captain), Gustave Walzer, Nick Roethemeier, Chris Barnthouse, Scott Laukhuf, CJ Miller and Aaron Johnson. TRENDS Spring 2007 

The best teachers and the best information systems professionals have two things in common: enthusiasm for what they do and the ability to communicate about things people sometimes don’t understand. It should be no surprise then, that information systems professor Robert Fontaine exhibits both traits.

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faculty portrait

Bits and Bytes Education: MBA from Indiana Tech, B.S. in electrical engineering from Union College

Fontaine smiles and his eyes light up, for example, when explaining the difference between computer science and information systems. Computer science, he says, is a more theoretical study of anything associated with running and programming a computer.

The old days: He started out doing IBM cards, “programming the hard way”

Information systems, on the other hand, is “the realization that businesses need information to run,” he explains. “Orders come in, orders go out. Information systems is figuring out the best way to handle all that info.”

Favorite food: Green chilies

Fontaine’s background includes about a dozen years as a software engineering consultant. The work, however, didn’t give him as much time as he wanted with his wife and three children, who were all home-schooled.

Family: Wife, Dawn; two daughters, Sarah and Rebecca; and one son, Robert Favorite TV show: “House” Hobbies: Ham radios, biking with his wife

“The kids were getting to high school age, and I was gone all the time,” he says in discussing what led him to a career in teaching.

The information security course is a favorite among his students. “It’s a very broad subject area, it deals with hackers and other things” Fontaine says. “There are so many aspects of it. A big part is encryption. They love it.”

Since joining the faculty full-time in 1999, Fontaine has been a key player in developing academic programs that prepare students for careers that are in high demand. He worked with Gary Messick, associate dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Studies, to adapt Indiana Tech’s bachelor’s degree in information systems so that it could be offered in the accelerated model of the College of Professional Studies. Indiana Tech’s newest degree program, a bachelor’s degree in computer security and investigation (CSI), grew out of Fontaine’s information security course.

While students say they enjoy the information security course, his favorite to teach is computer forensics. “It’s extremely difficult to teach,” he says. “It’s very equipment based.” The computer forensics course is so specialized that the university is installing a new computer lab for it with software identical to that used by the FBI.

“Information security opened up all sorts of possibilities,” Fontaine explains. “More courses were needed to develop a minor in information security, and that opened up ideas. We started talking to Neil Moore, director of the Center for Criminal Sciences, and it grew. CSI is the same as information systems, but it has criminal justice courses instead of business courses.” He animatedly describes two aspects to information security. “There’s protecting – against worms, hackers, etc., -- and there’s computer forensics, retrieving digital information from hard drives,” he says. “The stuff I do is basic. We have a computer associated with a crime or suspect and they want to retrieve password protected material, maybe someone tried to hide things.”

Perhaps because of his roots in software engineering, Fontaine also has a soft spot for teaching programming. “Nobody likes my Java class, but I love it.” Fontaine tries to incorporate “real world” projects into his classes whenever possible. His students have created e-commerce Web sites for Fort Wayne businesses and designed systems to automate the 3 Rivers Food Co-op store in Fort Wayne. However, finding local business projects for students to work on is difficult. “Trying to have students do things out of the classroom takes time and coordination,” he explains. “And some students are not as mature as others.” The project with 3 Rivers was a good business puzzle because the students had to not only design the system, but also figure out how to fund it. This gave them exposure to the budget constraints often faced by information technology professionals. What it all comes down to for Fontaine is a genuine interest in working with students. “I actually like the teaching part of it, interfacing with students,” he says. “If you get a student who’s truly interested banging on your door, that’s great. I have some really good relationships with students and graduates.”

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A CLOSER look at Student life

Ultra Vivid Social Scene

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GET INTO THE GROOVE (these and next pages): Indiana Tech students perform, participate and play during campus activities such as the annual Talent Show, University Forums and Wicked Wednesday events.

There are some obvious ways to see how Indiana Tech has changed over the years. Compare campus photographs from 5, 10, or 15 years ago and you’ll see buildings that have come and gone. Browse academic catalogs from the archives and you’ll see new programs, reorganized departments, and a growing array of courses. However there’s a more subtle, yet equally important evolution taking place: Campus life at Indiana Tech is becoming a richer, more vibrant experience for all. Dan Kline, vice president for student life, has seen a lot in more than 25 years with the university. He needed only a moment to reflect on campus life today and yesterday. “There’s no comparison,” he said. “I’d go back to five years ago. We were just starting to get things rolling really.” From his perspective, the increase in campus activities is a fortunate product of the university’s growth. “Ten to 15 years ago, I was the only one doing everything,” he explained. “I was basketball coach, the athletic director, I ran intramurals…. We did what we could do. Also, we just didn’t have the money to do a lot. Right now, financially we can do it.”

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An annual concert welcomes new and returning students at the beginning of fall semester University Forums bring guest speakers to campus twice a year L3 Discussion Forums provide an atmosphere for open debate of social topics several times each semester Wicked Wednesdays entertain students each week.

“There are many more co-curricular activities,” Kline said. “There are social and academic events… there’s more substance.” Blending and balancing social and academic activities has been a goal for the university’s leadership. “A successful university educates the whole person,” President Arthur E. Snyder explained. “As much as we want our graduates to be prepared with skills and knowledge in their chosen fields, we also need to offer them experiences that enrich their lives socially and culturally. Ideally, we can connect with experiences that relate to our curriculum. But sometimes students just need to have fun too.”

“Athletes always had a place to go; they had the field house and the gym,” Kline observed. “Now, with Andorfer Commons, the non-athletes also have a place to go and hang out. Now everybody’s got a place.”

University Forums and L3 Discussion Forums typically have an educational tone. Past speakers in the University Forum series include former Indiana University football coach Bill Mallory, international marketing expert Louise Palmstierna, forensic expert Dr. Michael Evans, and telecommunications executive Rod Odom. These events are generally presentations followed by question and answer sessions.

In the past, campus activities were somewhat limited to sports events and a few clubs. Current students have more sports and clubs to choose from, but there is also a wide array of other activities:

In choosing speakers, the university looks for “individuals who have achieved a level of success in their fields, and the fields are related to our academic majors or issues (like ethics) we address academi-

The addition of Andorfer Commons has had a huge impact on how students spend their time.

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cally,” said Dr. Elaine Pontillo, vice president for academic affairs. The L3 Discussion Forums put more emphasis on open debate, encouraging students to share their views and question each other. Topics for the L3 Forums have included issues such as war, sexual assault, social networking on Facebook, and racism. During the fall, Congressional candidates Mark Souder and Tom Hayhurst participated in forums sharing their views with students. “We try to address topics that allow for different points of views on current issues — global warming, war, hurricane relief — to engender thinking and expression in a civil manner,” Pontillo said. When it comes to fun events, Wicked Wednesdays deliver a weekly dose of stress relief. The idea for Wicked Wednesdays was the brainchild of the office of Student Life. “The whole point of Wicked Wednesday is to provide a fun, safe activity alternative right here on campus at least one day a week,” said Joel Harmeyer, associate director of student life. The schedule of activities began after Homecoming in the fall and carries through the spring semester. Most of the events are free, and student response has helped the program grow. “The students love them, which surprised the heck out of me,” Harmeyer admitted. “They have embraced the concept and made it their own. It was a big risk for us that paid off…. The time, money and planning it takes to do something every week during the semester is quite labor intensive. Now we are building on it for next year. We have more activity funds allocated for next year, so we are planning bigger things.”

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A Wicked Wednesday event can be almost anything, from something as simple as taking pictures with Santa or writing postcards to troops in the Mideast to more elaborate events such as the annual Talent Show. This variety promises something for almost everyone over the course of the academic year. The Haunted Recreation Center was one of the most popular events of the year, with about 95 students attending. “The Haunted Rec Center was awesome,” said sophomore Rafael Chavez. “It was so creative and the way it was set up made the Rec Center look so different. It was something new and interesting to do.” Casino night drew an even larger crowd, with about 125 students participating. “Casino night was sweet,” said sophomore Joel Putek. “There was a lot of student involvement, and that was really cool to see.” The Student Life staff uses a form to track various events throughout the year. To try to keep balance, they categorize the events by purpose with many events falling into more than one of the following purposes: ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆ ◆

Pure fun Educational Volunteer opportunities Citizenship Peer bonding Cultural experiences

They then establish an expected attendance and record an estimate of actual participation to help evaluate their success. The vast majority of events exceeded expectations this year. A pajama party with inflatable Twister game, for example, was expected to

draw about 35 students but actually had about 105 attend. A performance by mentalist Chris Carter had an expected attendance of 50, but drew about 225. The increasing quantity and quality of campus activities has inspired student groups to get involved with planning and organizing events. The Indiana Tech chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), for example, was named Medium Chapter of the Year at the national NSBE convention in part for its involvement in several campus events throughout the academic year including a Poetry Slam, Stockings for Kids, NSBE week, and the Operating in Excellence dinner. Monique Anderson, the group’s faculty advisor, gives the students credit for putting in a lot of hard work.

“The students themselves came up with all of the ideas for events,” Anderson said. “My guidance extends as far as helping them plan, organize, and follow through with their ideas. They usually have the big picture, and I help them identify the little things that make them happen. They are a hardworking group with tremendous vision and drive.” In Kline’s view, it all adds up to creating a better environment for the students. “The more things we have to do, the better,” he said. “That way they can pick and choose what they want to do.”

Predicting participation Since many events happening at Indiana Tech are new, it can be difficult to predict how many students will attend or judge an event’s success. For some events a group of 25 students participating may be a success, while other events should draw 100 or more. Here is a sampling of events held during the 2006–07 academic year with their expected and actual attendance (often an estimate rather than an exact count). Expected Attendance

Actual Attendance

Dave and Rae concert



Cedar Point trip



Movie night & free bowling



L3 Facebook Forum



Homecoming bonfire & karaoke



Lunchtime caricatures



Christmas tree lighting



Preacher Moss performance



Ice skating




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Lofty Accomplishments An Alum’s career at Bell Aerospace contributes to air and space advancements

Next time you board a flight for a vacation or business trip, just think that it might not be possible without the work of Indiana Tech alum Clarence “Casey” Forrest. After completing his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering in 1943, Forrest spent 43 years with Bell Aerospace working on projects that set the stage for today’s commercial air travel as well as military advancements and space exploration. As a youth in Sandusky, Ohio, Forrest knew he wanted to go to an aeronautical college. He responded to a newspaper ad for Indiana Tech, and an admissions representative visited his house to interview him. Although his family was fairly poor, hard work made it possible for him to go to college. Forrest’s father worked at American Crayon and his mother earned extra income

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baking and doing laundry to help with expenses. Casey worked while attending college year-round, allowing him to complete his degree in three years. “I didn’t have much time for extra activities because I had to work,” Forrest remembers. “I always had a part-time job. I was excellent in math, but a lot of students coming in couldn’t pass algebra…. I thought that I could offer the students some of my talents. I got a job as a tutor, and it worked out well.” Forrest’s son Gary says the tutoring income made the difference. “His math tutoring is really what made it possible for him to afford college. He was one of four kids and the only one who went to college.” Conversations with father and son show that Gary Forrest has a great deal of respect and admiration for his father’s accomplish-

ments, and rightly so. After working his way through college, Casey Forrest got a job with Bell in Buffalo, N.Y., and rose through the ranks before his retirement in 1986 as vice president for test and training for the Bell surface effects ships. He says landing that first job with Bell was simple. “I submitted an application to Bell Aircraft and to NACA (the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics at Langley Air Force Base),” Forrest says. “I felt that Bell offered more variety than Langley. It was a fortunate decision on my part. When I arrived in Buffalo, I had to take an oath on keeping secrets about all of the projects they were working on. “Bell was building the first jet airplane, and I was assigned to aerodynamics,” he explains. From there his career “just kept going up and up and up.”

THEN AND NOW (left to right): Indiana Tech Alum Casey Forrest at Bell Aircraft with X-22A VTOL model, Forrest at college graduation in 1943, Forrest today in Hawaii, LCAC Hovercraft

Although Forrest spent his entire career with one company, it was hardly the same job for 43 years. He started as an aerodynamicist and subsequent titles included systems engineer, preliminary design project engineer, technical director, program manager/director, chief engineer: aerospace engineering department, chief engineer: integrated systems department, and, finally, vice president. The projects he worked on include surface effects ships, the Dynosaur program (a reusable space plane), a lunar landing simulator, the X-22A vertical takeoff and landing plane, and speed-breaking aircraft among others. In a letter nominating Casey for the Niagara Frontier Aviation & Space Hall of Fame, Gary recalled a lesser-known project that his father worked on: the rocket belt.

“In the days of excitement about space travel in the 1960s, the rocket belt was Buck Rogers’ science fiction become reality. Like some other Bell programs the rocket belt never became a production product, and was seen by most people as half-time entertainment at select football games and the White House,” Gary wrote. “But to me it typified my father’s contribution to aerospace — always figuring out how to make a dream reality.” As a retiree now living in Hawaii, Casey Forrest advises today’s students to understand the value of hard work. “Make certain you pick a college that offers the kind of program you’re interested in and work hard at it.”

technical field. “The purpose of the scholarship was just to give back,” Gary explains. The programs offered at Indiana Tech have certainly changed in the 64 years since Forrest graduated, but he sees that as a positive. “I think those are the fields that people are interested in now,” he says when asked about Tech’s expansion into business, computer studies, criminal sciences and other fields. Gary echoes the sentiment. “We’ve been very impressed at how Indiana Tech has adapted. There’s a real focus on a specific career path.” Hopefully it’s a career path as successful as that of Casey Forrest.

The elder Forrest has established a scholarship for Indiana Tech students pursuing a

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new coach spotlight

One Track Mind “It was 1982, I was 9 years old, and I went with my dad and his cross country team down to the state championships,” Peterson reminisces about growing up with a professional coach for a father. “It was an incredible time. The team was runnerup in the competition and everyone had so much fun. I saw all the smiles and how the hard work had paid off…I knew I had to be a part of something like this.” A love for cross country runs in Brad Peterson’s family (no pun intended). Peterson spent his childhood going to track meets with his father, Barrie Peterson. Barrie has coached cross country in Fort Wayne for more than 40 years at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne and Concordia and Northrop high schools. He took his teams to several state championships and was recently inducted into the Indiana Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame. Needless to say, the Peterson name is well known in Fort Wayne and beyond as the authority on coaching cross country and track. Brad Peterson will continue the family legacy as the coach for Indiana Tech’s new cross country and track and field teams. After graduating from Concordia High School, Brad’s desire to coach led him to Ball State where he earned a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education with a minor in physical education. From there he began substitute teaching in Fort Wayne while assistant coaching for his father at Northrop High School. From 1999 to 2006 he was back at his old high school teaching physical education and coaching track. 14 TRENDS Spring 2007

And yet, something was missing for Brad Peterson. He explains, “I liked teaching, but I wanted to coach full time—to not have to balance teaching and coaching. I also wanted to work with more devoted athletes.” When Indiana Tech announced the revival of its track and cross country teams, Peterson leapt, or shall we say sprinted, for the opportunity to be the coach. The timing couldn’t be better. This spring Peterson’s father will retire from Concordia High, but not from coaching. The elder Peterson plans to join his son at Indiana Tech as the assistant coach. Is Peterson concerned about any tension when working with his old man, a 40-year veteran of cross country coaching? “Nah. We work pretty well together, and I’m glad to have his experience. Actually, there are some things I’ll need his help with and want him to do.” “We also plan to learn a lot from each other,” Peterson expounds, “he’s old school and I’m new school. In his day, you’d get out there and pound the miles—it was all about pure endurance. New school training looks more at a person’s body type and uses that as a guide

for what sort of training will benefit them the most. Both methods have pros and cons, so we look forward to sharing the tips and tricks of our training styles.” Perhaps it is this sort of teamwork and expertise the Petersons are known for that is helping the new track and cross country teams get off to such a good start. It’s been decades since the school last hosted these sports, which could have made recruiting difficult. But so far the incoming recruits have been remarkable. “We had a goal of 30 students total for the cross country and track and field teams. But after two months we have 15 guys and 13 girls in cross country and eight guys and six girls in track—so we’re up to 42 and still growing.” Track and field and cross country are among several sports recently revived at Tech. Volleyball returned in 2005, tennis in 2006, and golf will resume in 2007. Starting a team from the ground up is no easy task, something Peterson is aware of but not too concerned about. “I just make sure I recruit kids that are right for the team. Physical ability is very important, but I’m also looking for teamwork and the right attitude.” Peterson talks a lot about having a good attitude and being a team player. He realizes that despite their devotion to the sport, 99 percent of the students he coaches won’t be professional athletes. That’s why he tries to teach them that the principles of rigor, integrity, and discipline they use in their sport will apply to anything they do in life. “You can’t be lazy if you’re a runner or you’ll fall behind— that applies to anything you do in life.”

on the run. As he explained the importance of not procrastinating, a rental car company dropped off a car for his weekend recruiting trip. “I’m headed to Capac, Mich., to sign a girl today,” Peterson said. “Then tomorrow I go from there to Gary, Ind., to pick up a guy and bring him in for a campus visit on Saturday morning, then taking him back Saturday afternoon, and returning Saturday night. Now that is recruiting.”

Fast Track Favorite Movies: “Prefontaine” and “Good Will Hunting” Favorite TV Shows: The Office, Entourage, Friday Night Lights, and Curb Your Enthusiasm Best Vacation: A track meet anywhere in America Average Distance Ran Each Week: 30 Miles Favorite Food: Pizza

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alumni updates 77th Homecoming: Celebrating the Past, Reaching for Tomorrow September 14–22, 2007 The athletic staff and teams are already busy choosing the 2007 inductees for the Athletic Hall of Fame. Plans are under way for an entire weekend to commemorate

Schedule of Events Athletic Hall of Fame Weekend Friday, September 14: Alumni Games • Softball, Women’s Soccer, Women’s & Men’s Basketball Saturday, September 15: Alumni Game and Hall of Fame Banquet • Baseball

weekend is also the kick-off for

• Hall of fame Banquet at Hall’s Guest House: 6:00pm–midnight. Featuring the induction ceremony, silent auction, cash bar, casino games, and DJ. The banquet is $35/person for entire evening, $10 for casino only, and free for Warrior Club members.

Homecoming, which continues all

Sunday, September 16: 18th Annual TWIST Golf Outing

week. For a complete list of Homecoming activities, visit us online:

• Shotgun Start: 8:30am • Brookwood Golf Course

Homecoming Week


Monday, September 17 • Fun night: 8—11:00pm in the Andorfer Recreation Center

our sports heroes. The Hall of Fame

Tuesday, September 18 • Lunchtime Cookout: Noon–1:00pm outside of Andorfer Commons

How to Register: By Phone: 260.422.5561 ext. 2219 Online: AlumniAndFriends/Homecoming Make your plans for Homecoming today!

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Wednesday, September 19 • Free Movie: 7:00pm in Andorfer Commons Theater Thursday, September 20 • Lunch entertainment: 12–1:00pm • President’s Club Dinner: 6:30–9:00pm (invitation only) Friday, September 21 • Registration: 9am–5pm in Abbott Center • Marketing 101: Morning • Campus Tours: 2–4pm • Engineering 101: 3–4pm • Reception: 6:30–9pm in Abbott Center Featuring 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 year reunions. • Bonfire and Karaoke: 9–12pm Saturday, September 22 • Prayer Service: 8–8:30am • Breakfast with the President: 8:30–9:30am in Andorfer Commons • Alumni Association Meeting: 10–11:15am in Andorfer Commons Theater • McMillen Library Tour: Afternoon • Banquet Dinner: 6am–8:00pm in the Andorfer Commons Alcoves

Alumni News Fred F. Nassiri, BSCE 1960, is now project manager/quality control manager at The Whiting-Turner contractors in Maryland. He lives in Greenbelt, MD., and his e-mail address is Orrin B. MacMurray, BSCE, 1969, has been named chairelect of the American Council of Engineering Companies for 2006-07. After serving in that role for one year, he will become the chairman of the ACEC and act as liaison to seven northeastern states. MacMurray is president and CEO of C&S Companies. He joined the corporation in 1972 after serving as an officer in the U.S. Corps of Engineers. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves until ending his military career in 1998 as the First United States Army Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer to the governor of New York and the Adjutant General of the New York National Guard. Bill Hildebrand, BSME 1970, is retired and living in York, S.C. He is active in Habitat for Humanity and River Keepers. Charles T. “Skip� Miller, BSBA 1995, is executive director of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, and was recently elected second vice chair by the Board of Kentuckians for Better Transportation (KBT). Sonia M. James, BS 1997, works in patient financial services at Seton Specialty Hospital. She lives in Indianapolis, Ind., and can be reached at

Sheila D. Morris-Watson, MBA 2001, is the assistant director of student services at the IUPUI School of Informatics. She was promoted from academic advisor to assistant director on October 1, 2006. She currently lives in Indianapolis, Ind., and can be reached at Dave Temple, BSMA-Marketing 2004, is the director of new media for The Brand Innovation Group. He lives in Columbia City, Ind., and can be reached at R. Bruce Laudermilk, MSM 2006, was recently given the title of chef instructor at the College of The Bahamas, Culinary & Hospitality Management Institute. He is currently living in Nassau, Bahamas, and can be reached at H. Dan Sparling, MBA 2006, is branch sales and service representative at National City Bank. He lives in Mishawaka, Ind., and can be reached at His wife was recently named Community Development Manager of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for North Central Indiana, and they moved to the South Bend area so they may have maximum impact on the life of those with MS. Mervin R. Shetler, BSELE 2007, now lives in Coupeville, WA., and can be reached at

in memoriam We have learned of the deaths of the following alumni & friends: Dwight E. Clark Conyers, GA BSME 1950

George Honczarenko Cliffside Park, NJ BSANE 1955

Paul J. Nuss Old Bethpage, NY BSRE 1949

David R. Gerhardt Nova Scotia, Canada BSCE 1957

Peter Marangos Huntington, NY BSEE 1951

Jack Schumacher Weldon Spring, MO BSAE 1948

Robert D. Harden Portland, TX BSME 1974

Charles J. Moening Temecula, CA BSANE 1958

Samuel A. Stewart Hubbard, OH BSEE 1937

Kenneth P. Ziegler Plymouth, MA BSME 1957

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faculty & staff news

Lilly Grants Awarded Ten faculty members were awarded Lilly Faculty Development Grants for 2007. The faculty and their projects are:

▶ Julie Mansfield: “Data Convergence through IP Communications”

▶ Jim Schaffer: “Virtual Leadership Development Center” ▶ Steven Malloris: “Master’s Completion Project” ▶ Susan McGrade: “Support for Pedagogical Research, Dissertation and Comprehensive Exams”

▶ Sheldon Goldstein: “Take a Course on Teaching Negotiation” ▶ Barbara Perry and Beth Wiesner: “Discovery and Implementation of Best Practices for Developmental Education at Indiana Tech”

▶ Kathleen Barlow: “A Proposal for Designing and Implementing an On-Line Writing Center for Indianapolis CPS Students”

▶ Randy Liechty and Jerome Heaven: “Computer Algebra Systems (CAS) as an Aid to Learning”

University Welcomes New Staff Indiana Tech is pleased to announce several additions to the university staff: Karin Brenig, programmer/analyst Alisha Carlson, part-time administrative assistant, admissions Derek Dabrowiak, enrollment manager, Merrillville Michael Todd DeLey, admissions representative, Indianapolis Joy Heyman, administrative assistant, Buildings & Grounds Joel Holcombe, part-time ARC specialist, McMillen Library Zebulun Johnston, student services representative, Student Information Center Cindy Meyers, administrative assistant, College of Professional Studies Tonia Miller, admissions representative, Indianapolis Eric Pike, part-time custodian Brooke Solomon, associate admissions counselor Joseph Sullivan, part-time ARC specialist, McMillen Library Paulene Thoreson, part-time administrative assistant, College of Professional Studies 18 TRENDS Spring 2007

Professor Asked to Review Book Dr. Norma Friedman, professor of business and social sciences, has been asked to serve as a reviewer for the 12th edition of “Organizations: Behavior, Structure, Processes.” The textbook by James L Gibson, John M Ivancevich, Jr, James H Donnelly, and Robert Konopaske will be published by McGraw-Hill/Irwin.

Dean’s Article Set for Publication Dr. Melanie Hatch, dean of the College of Business, will have an article published in Computers and Education. Her paper titled “Scheduling Topics for Improved Student Comprehension of Recursion” will appear in Volume 48 of the publication.

Associate Dean’s Article Published Associate Dean Sheldon has published an article in the American Society for Quality’s national magazine, “Quality Progress.” The article is entitled, “Using Statistics to Improve Satisfaction” and is on page 28 of the March 2007 issue.

from the archives

Before there was e-mail... These days the ease of use and accessibility of cell phones, e-mail, and instant messaging have perhaps made us take for granted the importance of global communication. Decades ago ham radio was an exciting means to connect to others around the world. Technical skill and the art of communication were essential for ham radio communication. This issue we remember the original ‘instant messengers’ at Indiana Tech: The Ham Radio Club. This photo was sent to us from Paul Bellamy, class of ‘56. Standing, left to right: Ken Windish, Maurice Smith, David Rayburn, John Young, and Paul Bellamy. Seated, left to right: Bob Vitt, Les Parker. Thanks Paul! Have a photo and a story from your days at Tech you’d like to share? Contact us by e-mailing or calling 260.422.5561 ext. 2296.

Phonathon 2007 Update Spring Phonathon calling is complete! Thanks to our generous alumni nationwide, student callers raised $93,000 in pledges.

Plus, students also collected 275 new e-mail addresses to keep alumni informed of the exciting changes on campus. Student callers celebrated their hard-earned success with a party and bowling in the university’s recreation center — complete with cool iPod giveaways. If you missed out on the opportunity to speak with our students, it’s not too late to give! Contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at 800-937-2448 x 2219 to make sure

we have your current phone number on file and to make your pledge. Planning is already under way for the Fall Phonathon, which is scheduled for October.

Please help us reach our goal by sending in your pledge today. TRENDS Spring 2007 19

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